Conferences

This semester, all six team members presented work at conferences.

Three students presented a poster at the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC). They discussed our Living Lab exhibit at the Joseph Moore Museum.

Three students presented a poster at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, the major professional conference for child development. They presented results from our studies on praise and fixed/growth mindset.

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Rachael Reavis
Fixed Mindset Team

This semester, the Peer Lab is big enough that we need two teams! The Fixed Mindset team is predominantly responsible for our studies on Fixed Mindset. They are also working on a study about disgust with collaborators from the University of Mississippi.

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Rachael Reavis
p-hacker

As I alluded to in my previous post, questionable research practices can be used to maximize the chance of a result being “statistically significant” (where p < .05).

There are a couple of apps that demonstrate how researcher choices (sample size, collecting extra participants, looking at multiple outcomes, etc.) can lead to erroneous conclusions.

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Rachael Reavis
Bayesian Statistics

In research, we use statistics to help us reach conclusions about our observations. Traditionally in psychology, we use something called a p-value to determine whether some effect we are interested in (such as whether children in the Parents as Teachers program are better prepared for kindergarten compared to similar children not in the program.)

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Rachael Reavis
SRCD submission

We submitted a presentation proposal for the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the major national organization for researchers in a variety of disciplines (psychology, sociology, policy, medicine, epidemiology, etc.) who are interested in development. We have submitted a presentation based on our work about praise and fixed/growth mindset.

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Rachael Reavis